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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of David M. Solinger
RLIN number: NXCP94-A4
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Individual Interview List Oral History Project
Description: Family background; B.A., Cornell University, member, Zeta Beta Tau; summer research, Oxford University; Columbia University Law School; recollections of professors; views on education, religion; attorney, Oppenheimer, Kaufman, Haiblum and Kupfer; counsel for First Army and Eastern Defense Command, World War II: Price Code, voluntary censorship; partner, Solinger and Gordon, 1952- ; discussion of trial and probate law, entertainment law, billing; organizaton of Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art [Friends], 1956; president, Whitney Museum of American Art [Whitney Museum], 1966-1974; expansion of Whitney Museum, 1956 to present: acquisitions, membership, corporate structure, financing of Breuer building, 1966, Whitney Museum National Committee; chairman, Friends Acquisition Committee: evolution of Whitney acquisition policy; museum operations: Whitney Museum, others; Whitney Museum/ Museum of Modern Art relationship; introduction of coporate funding; dissolution of Friends, 1967; Whitney Museum public relations: branch museums, travelling curators, blockbuster shows; board member, American Federation of Arts, 1953- ; chairman, Advisory Council, Johnson Museum, Cornell University, 1973-88; private art showings and acquisitions, 1950s; tour of private collection; recollections of Thomas N. Armstrong, Lloyd Goodrich, Flora Whitney Miller, Willem de Kooning, Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Whitney Family, Whitney Museum Associates, trustees.
Extent: Transcript: 511 leaves, Tape: 17 leaves
Restrictions: Access: Permission required to see. Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1992. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1989 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Solinger, David M., 1906-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1906
Speaker occupation: Art collector; Attorney
Age at speaking: 83
Document date: 1989
Interviewer: Gardner, Joel
Organizations discussed: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Art--Collectors and collecting; Art--Private collections; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Law; Law partnership; Lawyers; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Topics discussed - Other terms: American Federation of Arts; Art museums--American art; Art museums--Public relations; Cornell University--Johnson Museum; Museum acquisitions; Museum finance; Solinger, David, 1906-
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0021351-16790